16.8. Setting a User's Password
You want to set the password for a user.
Using a graphical user interface
Open the ADUC snap-in.
In the left pane, right-click on the domain and select Find.
Select the appropriate domain beside In.
Type the name of the user beside Name and click Find Now.
In the Search Results, right-click on the user and select Reset Password.
Enter and confirm the new password.
Using a command-line interface
This command changes the password for the user specified by
* after the
-pwd option causes you to be prompted you
for the new password. You can replace
* with the password you want to set, but
it is not a good security practice since other users that are logged
into the machine may be able to see it.
> dsmod user
' This code sets the password for a user. ' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------ strUserDN = "
<UserDN>" ' e.g., cn=jsmith,cn=Users,dc=rallencorp,dc=com strNewPasswd = "
NewPasword" ' ------ END CONFIGURATION --------- set objUser = GetObject("LDAP://" & strUserDN) objUser.SetPassword(strNewPasswd) Wscript.Echo "Password set for " & objUser.Get("cn")
The password for a user is stored in the
unicodePwd attribute. You cannot directly
modify that attribute, but have to use one of the supported APIs. With
the VBScript solution you can use the
IADsUser::SetPassword method as shown or
IADsUser::ChangePassword. The latter requires the existing password to be known before setting it. This ...